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Old 09-06-2011
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Help with mast step pin(?)

The pin at the base of my mast, used to step the mast got bent and I ordered a new one. While she was out of the water I decided to change it out. However the new one I ordered was a smaller and shorter pin and the sheave around it was larger than the hole. Even enlarging the hole, with the pin inserted it only has a cotter pin in the middle to keep it from falling out.
It has enough side to side movement that one end of the pin can slide completely into the inside of the mast.
I guess my question for the experts out there is 1) How is the pin properly installed? Am I missing something? Looks pretty straightforward but I'm nervous about losing the mast if it slips out and 2) is the pin just to align the mast when stepping and once it's up and set into the step does it have any further function?
I sure don't want to have a disaster for the sake of doing this wrong. Any help out there would be greatly appreciated.
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